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Italy restricts Sky on exclusive deals

Italy restricts Sky on exclusive deals

24 May 2019

Italy’s Competition Authority has prohibited Sky from distributing online video content on an exclusive basis, as a condition for allowing the broadcaster to acquire pay-television assets from rival Mediaset.

General Court upholds telecoms joint venture approval

General Court upholds telecoms joint venture approval

24 May 2019

The European Commission was right to allow a €3.5 billion joint venture between Vodafone and Liberty Global in 2016, the EU’s General Court has ruled.

UK accuses drugmakers and distributor of non-compete agreements

UK accuses drugmakers and distributor of non-compete agreements

24 May 2019

The UK’s competition enforcer has provisionally found that four companies agreed not to compete in the supply of an anti-nausea tablet to the country’s national health service, resulting in a 700% rise in the price.

Hong Kong enforcer mulls appeal despite winning

Hong Kong enforcer mulls appeal despite winning

24 May 2019

Hong Kong’s competition watchdog remains undecided about whether it will appeal against a ruling that requires it to prove competition violations beyond a reasonable doubt, the enforcer’s chief executive has said.

Not all wins are wins: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 24 May 2019

24 May 2019

Hong Kong’s competition enforcer is debating whether to appeal against judgments it won in the territory’s first two cartel cases. Because the rulings handed down last week by Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal serve as the foundational jurisprudence for competition enforcement, the enforcer is assessing how the court’s holding on standard of proof will affect future enforcement. Meanwhile, it has been a bad week for Qualcomm. In addition to its woes in California federal court, a Taiwanese government inspector has opposed a settlement between the US chipmaker and the country’s competition enforcer.

FTC win is “not about rate regulation”, Hoffman says

FTC win is “not about rate regulation”, Hoffman says

GCR USA - 24 May 2019

If Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling against Qualcomm withstands appeal, it will change how the chip maker licenses its patents, but the head of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition has denied that it would regulate prices.

Uber’s business model is price-fixing, says Steinbaum

Uber’s business model is price-fixing, says Steinbaum

GCR USA - 24 May 2019

Even under the consumer welfare standard, Uber’s entire business model is essentially fixing prices and should be considered a harm to competition, an economics professor has said.

Chile Supreme Court bans LATAM joint venture

Chile Supreme Court bans LATAM joint venture

24 May 2019

Chile’s Supreme Court has agreed with the country’s competition authority, striking down the competition tribunal’s conditional approval of LATAM Airlines’ deals with American Airlines and International Airlines Group.

Happy summer bank holiday: The Tipline for 24 May 2019

GCR USA - 24 May 2019

Both GCR USA and our London colleagues are on holiday on Monday, but we have plenty of reading to fill your Memorial Day weekend. Contrary to former acting Federal Trade Commission chair Maureen Ohlhausen, current bureau of competition director Bruce Hoffman insists that the agency’s case against Qualcomm does not involve trying to tell a patent-holder how high a royalty rate it can get. He spoke at the inaugural GCR Live conference on antitrust in the digital economy in Palo Alto on Wednesday, where labour economist Marshall Steinbaum made his GCR Live debut on a panel about technology platforms. Taking a break from the usual focus on GAFA – Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – Steinbaum argued that Uber should be regarded as a price-fixer unless the company either recognises drivers as employees or allows them to compete against each other on price.

Mundt: Scrutinise digital markets for sake of society

Mundt: Scrutinise digital markets for sake of society

23 May 2019

Competition authorities must up their game in the digital sector to prevent a future that consists of rich elites and a new working poor, the head of Germany’s competition authority has said.